Elena Gosse named Courier-Mail Business Person of the Year

The “courage and entrepreneurial spirit” of Brisbane’s entrepreneurs was celebrated Friday night at a gala event at City Hall.

Nine companies and three businessmen were recognized for outstanding contributions to the city’s economy at the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.

Elena Gosse, the CEO of chlorination company AIS Water, was named The Courier-Mail Business Person of the Year for expanding her innovation and manufacturing operations in Brisbane to export to 55 countries around the world.

The Port of Brisbane Young Business Person of the Year award went to Audeara chief executive Dr. James Fielding, who also received the CCIQ Outstanding Small Business Award for his life-changing audio technology for people with hearing impairments.

Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane is now Australia’s most small business city.

“These talented people are investing in our city, creating jobs and helping to strengthen Brisbane’s global reputation for innovation,” he said.

“Our award winners each have a vision for the future, a passion for their cause and the courage to try to create a better world.

“It’s that entrepreneurial spirit that propels Brisbane forward and helps grow our $181 billion economy.”

simPRO, which supports more than 200,000 users worldwide with its project streamlining software, won the ANZ Award for High-Growth Business and the Optus Platinum Award.

Other winners included Vaxxas (Accenture Australia Award for Product Innovation), Save Our Supplies (Urban Utilities Award for Environmental Sustainability in Business), Kiddo (Xero’s Outstanding Micro Business), Populous (HSBC Award for Excellence in International Business), Australian Spatial Analytics ( Hutchinson Builders Award for Outstanding Social Enterprise), DoubleTake Sports (Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation), and

The Princess Theater (ISPT Award for Investment in Brisbane).

Stoddart Group managing director and chairman Jonathon Stoddart received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Originally published as Elena Gosse named Courier-Mail Business Person of the Year

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